48. At this point, with everything that's happened, there's really no excuse for not getting informed
And if you're a soldier who claims to love America, then that love should extend to finding out what truly ails it and how to make it better. Offering yourself up as cannon fodder for the war machine does America no good. It has bankrupted us and made our country a much poorer, fascist, and unhappy place.
97. I don't think you understand why or what the average soldier does.
OR why they do it. And I think your post is a little disrespectful and uninformed. These guys have NO WAY of ever finding out any of that information. The guys on the ground are really helping people directly. Do you know any soldiers on the ground in the middle east? I do. I've known several over the course of the last decade. I know one or two who were killed over there. Those guys didn't die for the war machine. They died for the ideals of this country. Not the ones that you and those like you have decided that this country no longer stand for, but for the same reasons those men and women died during WW2. While the reasons weren't as good, in their actions and in their minds, those soldiers felt they were doing something similar. THAT is your average troop on the ground. You make it all sound like one giant conspiracy theory, and that is just ignorant. I do not disagree with you that it is bankrupting our country and making it a worse place, however, from the guys I know on the ground over there, if we just walk away, there are a lot of people over there who count on us who are going to be screwed even more than if we helped them get on their feet before we go.
40. There are always crooks spying upon their PREY!
The greed a human kind knows no boundaries. There are always those who will steal, lie, cheat and bilk by any means necessary. It is whether we take those threats seriously, respond to the problems with appropriate push back or go way, way overboard as we have done in the past. Iran is a place on the map, that is hostile to the WEST because of its Islamaphobia and Ayotollah's control. They will not attack, because they do not want to exercise the military inferiority, so like the mouse that roared, they will make a lot of noise until someone pays attention. And of course in the US there is the military industrial complex whose own self interest would demand responses as well as the neocons whose quest for profits would take this country into any conflict that KEEPS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN CHECK responding to FEAR of the Other.
5. Interesting that the biggest oil producer has almost no presence.
Wonder why? I'd say one of the primary functions of our bases is to act as a lightening rod for the religious extremists and assorted terrorists in the region....and keep the House of Saud stabilized by providing a multi-base distraction.
And we, the taxpayer, through our $700BB/year Defense budget, are helping to make sure the gas gets to our local gas station where we, the consumer, can get properly gouged at the pump.
7. Iran is always threatening someone, they've been doing it for centuries. The Middle East is
Iran has a massive army that anyone would be foolish to engage. In the 21st century surely there are better ways. No one should lose their kids for this. I support the troops but I support them coming home to rebuild the crumbling infrastructure of the US.
And it is not only that some people could lose their kids to this - this could be the conflagration that sets off a nuclear war.
When you watch C Span and see how our military and financial experts do not want two of the major nations using Iran's central bank rather than England's or the USA's - well, that explains what this notion of "Iran the Evil Doer" is all about.
47. No both parties are not the same...Repukes, Dino's, yeller dogs
DLC'ers and third wayers are the same; there to appear bi-partisan and pass debilitating legislation tagged with a D. There are still a few Democrats clinging to hope for the next election, and still supporting the people of this country, who are not the same. It is those we must identify and push hard for the true D's like Warren and Grayson et al.
56. Iran certainly isn't the newest bogeyman. If anything they are one of the oldest bogeymen
They have been portrayed as such in one way or another since the 1979 revolution and hostage crisis. A couple months from now will mark the tenth anniversary of Bush declaring them part of the 'axis of evil.' Their nuclear program has been in the news off and on for at least as long.
Here's a rather tongue-in-cheek piece from 1992 which appeared in 'Parameters,' the academic journal of the US Army War College. The piece is called 'The Origins of the American Military Coup of 2012.' It's more a critique of blurring lines between the civilian and military sectors, but it's amusing to note that one of the events that sparks the fictional coup is an Iranian invasion of the Gulf states and subsequent Iranian victory over US forces.
deceit is beyond comprehension. Once a long time ago (15 yrs.?) I believed that we were the country the right now imagines but too much is going on for me to trust our government and our institutions to treat us like intelligent and sensible adults. This country has become the wonderland of Lewis Carroll's imaginings.
22. The DoD is the single biggest user of refined petroleum products on Earth.
No oil, and the death toys don't fly, roll, or sail.
The MIC and Big Oil have an incestuous relationship, each needing the other; The MIC keeps oil prices artificially high through demand, and invades recalcitrant resource-rich countries on behalf of Big Oil, and Big Oil keeps the MIC supplied with more fuel than France uses in a year to keep the death machines rolling.
Yay, our military is protecting us...from those who won't sell their oil to us.
41. Our taxes hard at work securing oil for Wall Street CEO Investments...
by taking Iraq and Afghanistan, Wall Street hopes to keep Iran in check. As citizens we are obligated to pay and die to protect Wall Street. For our brave allegiance to the CEO, you may have your remains tossed in a landfill.
America - it's not about freedom anymore. It's about preserving the honor and glory of the rich. If we worship them like gods on Mt. Olympus, maybe they'll stop hurting us.
Now - the economy is still bad. Round up some peasants for another sacrifice.
49. This picture is very misleading and doesn't show the true nature of Iran's threat to the US.
For a real understanding, there should be a comparison map that shows all the Iranian military bases currently in Canada and Mexico plus all the Iranian Naval vessels in both the Pacific and Atlantic off our coasts.
Al-Qaeda is also responsible for instigating sectarian violence among Muslims.<25> Al-Qaeda is intolerant of non-Sunni branches of Islam and denounces them with excommunications called "takfir". Al-Qaeda leaders regard liberal Muslims, Shias, Sufis, Ahmadiyyas and other sects as heretics and have issued attacks on their mosques and gatherings.
So, lets see...Saudi Arabia is the spiritual home to Sunni Muslims and the political home to Al Qaeda. Now we're ramping up our belligerence to attack Shia Muslims - essentially, providing the muscle against Al Qaeda's spiritual enemy. What's wrong with this picture?
Amazingly detailed analysis of the Iran/Israel Nuclear history. Although written in 2005, little has changed other than the Iranian win achieved by the US taking out or reducing power of two of its top contenders in the region: Saddam and The Taliban
Humanitarian and Geopolitical Implications of Iran's Pursuit of Nuclear Capacity A Negotial Approach
Many of them are bases shown belong to the local country, but we (and others such as UK, France, and Canada. Those are the ones that I know of.) have stuff stored there or work from there on occasion. Out of the three I have been to, I doubt there are any foreigners troops there now. I suspect that is true of many of the others. If you must go to one, choose Thumrait over Prince Sultan.
96. Most likely, true...but, from an Iranian viewpoint, that's a distinction without a difference.
It's still part of a western coalition of bases that are strategically encircling my country. If I'm an Iranian, I'm hoping like hell my country is developing nuclear weapons. Look what happened to Iraq when it was clear they didn't have them. They got invaded and occupied. All we are doing is empowering the most reactionary elements of Iranian society and marginalizing the vast majority of moderates.
What's interesting about this map is that we don't seem to have the equivalent information published by our own government. Or maybe we do, but the mainstream media doesn't think the general public would be interested. But, if we are to make informed decisions about our defense needs, we really ought to know where all of the bases are stationed in the world. I'm sure the base locations are known to people of the countries where they are located...so what's the big secret? Maybe our own government doesn't want to connect the dots and let the American public in on a comprehensive assessment of our own force projection, given the fact that we have no money for our own infrastructure, healthcare, etc.
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